Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a Semitic people inhabiting Arabia, whose language and Islamic religion spread widely throughout the Middle East and northern Africa from the seventh century.
  • n. A member of an Arabic-speaking people.
  • n. An Arabian horse.
  • n. Offensive Slang A waif.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining to Arabs and their nations
  • n. A Semitic person, whose antecedents were from Arabia
  • n. A member of an Arabic-speaking community
  • n. A particular breed of horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a swarthy race occupying Arabia, and numerous in Syria, Northern Africa, etc.

Etymologies

French Arabe, from Latin Arabs, from Greek Araps, Arab-, from Arabic 'arab.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic عرب (‎3arab) "Arabs" or عربي (‎3arabiy) "Arab" (adjective), "Arabic". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was the suppression of ARAB nationalism specifically from 1918 to 1960 which is at the root of the problem, the Islamic radicalism that has arisen since then is a blowback that has occurred as Arabs and non-Arab Muslims have generalized the historic suppression of Arab nationalism into a more general view of Western attacks on Islamic culture and religion as a whole.

    A Question For Joe Klein: Who Are The "Extremists"?

  • OCTAVIA NASR, SENIOR EDITOR, ARAB AFFAIRS: Betty, if you watch Arab media, you're getting a sense that no one is going to be able to do anything at this point.

    CNN Transcript Jan 4, 2009

  • Question: how many resolutions has the UN passed condemning Israel for its supposed aggression/human rights violations against its arab neighbors, and how many resolutions has the UN passed condemning Israel's Arab neighbors for aggression against Israel?

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • OCTAVIA NASR, CNN SENIOR EDITOR, ARAB AFFAIRS: Suzanne, it's a huge, huge story on Arab media.

    CNN Transcript Dec 29, 2008

  • The 22-member league of arab states was created to ensure a platform for Arab nationalism after World War II, and in a move intended in part to counter Iranian influence, the organization recently decided to reopen its offices in Baghdad.

    'We Have No Illusions'

  • JAMAL ZAHALKA, ARAB MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: The Israeli authorities located military officials near the Arab villages, especially artillery which is bombing Lebanon and there is a retaliation from Lebanon, so we demand them to move these facilities from the civilian areas of Arab villages.

    CNN Transcript Aug 11, 2006

  • OCTAVIA NASR, CNN SENIOR EDITOR ARAB AFFAIRS: You know it's very interesting to watch the general Arab media reaction to this.

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2006

  • OCTAVIA NASR, SENIOR EDITOR ARAB AFFAIRS: You hear it on Arab media all the time.

    CNN Transcript Jan 27, 2006

  • OCTAVIA NASR, SENIOR EDITOR ARAB AFFAIRS: You hear it on Arab media all the time -- how are these people going to come out in the light and run a government?

    CNN Transcript Jan 28, 2006

  • ARAB - The Boaz Barracudas Swim Team began its 2010 season with a 367-267 triumph over Arab on

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